Faten Hamama, one of Egypt’s best-known actresses, was featured in a Google Doodle on Friday, the date that would have marked her 85th birthday.
Hamama was dubbed "the lady of the Arabic screen" for her prominent roles in Egyptian cinema in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She died in 2015 at the age of 83.
Born in the Delta city of Mansoura in 1931, Hamama made her film debut when she was seven years old, featuring in Youm Saeed (Happy Day) in 1939 alongside legendary singer and composer Mohamed Abdel Wehab. She went on to star in over two dozen films, including an American production in 1963 called Cairo.
Hamama also acted in several TV shows, including Dameer Abla Hekmat (The Conscience of Mrs. Hekmat) in 1992 and Wagh Al-Qamar (Face of the Moon) which premiered in 2000.
She was chosen as the "Star of the Century" at the 2001 Alexandria International Festival, honouring her lifetime of achievement in Egyptian cinema.
Hamama married Egyptian film star Omar Sharif in 1955. They co-starred in several movies together and became one of Egypt's most famous celebrity couples, before divorcing in the mid-1970s. Omar Sharif passed away shortly after Hamama, on 10 July 2015.
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